Suspect uses vending machine trick to steal from NC businesses

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MACON COUNTY, N.C. – Police in the North Carolina town of Franklin are looking for a man accused of using a fishing line, scotch tape and a $10 bill to steal hundreds of dollars.

WLOS-TV reported that the suspect has been caught on security cameras in various mountain-area convenience stores in a practice called “fishing.”

In surveillance video, he can been seen inserting a bill into a gift card vending machine, but a short time later he pulls the bill back out.

“It’s very thin,” said Franklin Police Chief David Adams, according to WLOS-TV. “You can barely see it. Use a scotch piece of tape. Attach it to the bill. He sticks it in. It charges and then spits it back out and you keep playing over and over and over.”

Read more: WLOS-TV